Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

CAP calls on Government not to join UPOV that does not safeguard rights of small farmers

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) strongly calls on the Malaysian Government not to join the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants of 1991 (UPOV 1991).

CAP has learnt that the Malaysian government has been under increasing pressure to agree to such a move, and we are most worried and fear that the government will give way and join UPOV, which will be against the interests of our small farmers, local researchers and the protection of our biodiversity.

Elephants are no match for poachers

Elephants are no match for poachers. The macabre butchering of two Borneo pygmy elephants shows that poachers abound in almost every corner of the country or state waiting to strike when least expected.

In the past, pygmy elephants have become the victims of poisoning reportedly by oil palm plantation workers to deter elephants from eating the fruit of the palm trees.  Last September a group of elephants were stuck in a mud pool in Rinukut for a week leaving seven  dead.

Advice on Observing Ramadhan

by CAP President Haji S.M.Mohamed Idris

Ramadhan is the most sacred month in the Muslim calendar when the noble Qur’an was revealed to our beloved Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. as a guidance to mankind.  It prescribes fasting as a way to attain Taqwa (God-consciousness) and the Prophet is reported to have narrated:  “Allah said, every action of the son of Adam is for him except fasting, for that is solely for Me, I give reward for it.  The fast is a shield”. It is a shield against sin and excessive love of this world.

Ramadhan is supposed to be a month of intense devotion for Muslims but for many it has become a month of feasting and wasteful spending. Islam enjoins its followers to avoid gluttony, waste and extravagance. The Prophet s.a.w. said: “The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach; for the son of Adam a few mouthfuls are sufficient to keep his back straight. If you must fill it then one-third for food, one- third for drink and one-third for air.”

SAND MINING AND LOGGING IN GUNUNG INAS PERMANENT RESERVED FOREST THREATEN ENVIRONMENTAL EQUILIBRIUM IN ULU MAHANG

Logs from Gunung Inas Forest Reserve.

The Kedah State Government, Kedah Forestry Department, Kulim District and Land Office should pay serious attention to sand mining operations in the Gunung Inas Permanent Reserved Forest located near Kampung Ulu Mahang, Kulim, Kedah.

Although the ongoing sand mining operations has been approved by the State Authority, this has to be reviewed because it involves a permanent reserved forest. Similarly logging activities in the permanent reserved forest is still widespread because this extractive activity has been approved too.

Doesn’t Malaysia’s Environment Matter? Stop the Export of Sand

River sand mining operation in Pinang Tunggal which had caused impacts to environment and communities.

Sahabat  Alam Malaysia (SAM) expresses its shock on the latest news by Free Malaysia Today (FMT) dated 29 of October which reported on the arrival of the first batch of Malaysian sand to Thoothukudi Port in the state of Tamil Nadu, India.

The export of sand went ahead despite protest and criticism from various NGOs in Malaysia, when the issue was made public a few months back.

SAM had written to several Ministries to get clarification regarding the export of sand from Malaysia, but have yet to receive a response on this matter.